Compass Regional Hospice Offers Support Group for Widows and Widowers

The Hope & Healing Center is offering a grief support group for men and women who have experienced the death of a spouse or significant life partner. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at The Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The group will meet every Wednesday through November 15. Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 8 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The grief support group will be co‐facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd bereavement counselors for Compass Regional Hospice. There is a $25 enrollment fee. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay.

Participation in support groups offered through the Hope & Healing Center, offer companionship and understanding from others who are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

“Grief can sometimes feel very lonely and isolating, but participation in our support group is a reminder that you are not alone,” says Wayne Larrimore.

Ann OConnor adds, “Together, with facilitation from the leaders, the group members share ways to cope with their changed situation, realizing that grieving and adjusting to new ways of living take time.”

Each group session will revolve around topics such as normal grief, sharing memories, and adjusting to and finding meaning in your loss. Including specialized activities, teachings, and open discussions.

For more information and to register for the upcoming adult grief support group, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443‐262‐ 4100, or email Ann OConnor, or Wayne Larrimore, To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Hope & Healing Center, visit

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under Compass Regional Hospice’s care and members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. The menu of services offered through the Hope & Healing Center have a common focus‐ rekindling hope and facilitating healing following a significant loss. Services include individual and family grief counseling, specialized grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, non‐ denominations spiritual counseling, remembrance events and specialized workshops. One of the popular grief support programs is Camp New Dawn, an annual summer camp for children, teens and families. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.